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  • Fashion, sex, 'gray market of power' helped lead to French Revolution

    Research on French female fashion merchants in the 1700s led history professor Clare Haru Crowston to new insights about the doomed queen Marie Antoinette and a pervasive system of influence and power that the French Revolution would seek to end - part of the story she tells in her new book "Credit, Fashion, Sex: Economies of Regard in Old Regime France."

    Research on French female fashion merchants in the 1700s led history professor Clare Haru Crowston to new insights about the doomed queen Marie Antoinette and a pervasive system of influence and power that the French Revolution would seek to end - part of the story she tells in her new book "Credit, Fashion, Sex: Economies of Regard in Old Regime France."

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      Research on French female fashion merchants in the 1700s led history professor Clare Haru Crowston to new insights about the doomed queen Marie Antoinette and a pervasive system of influence and power that the French Revolution would seek to end - part of the story she tells in her new book "Credit, Fashion, Sex: Economies of Regard in Old Regime France."

      Photo courtesy of the University of Illinois history department

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      "Credit, Fashion, Sex: Economies of Regard in Old Regime France" is published by Duke University Press.

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  • To reach Clare Haru Crowston, who is on sabbatical in Paris through spring 2014, email crowston@illinois.edu. She also is available by phone at 33-6-62-98-93-54 (for U.S. callers) or Skype (crowstonclare), with prior notice.